This week, you may have seen the headlines declaring the decline of Protestantism and the rise of “nones” – or religiously unaffiliated Americans. A new study released recently from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, “‘Nones’ on the Rise,” finds that more Americans than ever do not profess allegiance to any particular religious tradition. Considering the level of religious rhetoric that’s permeated our political discourse this year, these findings are particularly significant in the midst of the final days of the 2012 elections. Welton speaks this week with Dr. Cary Funk, senior researcher at the Pew Forum, about this trend and what it means for our politics – and for the separation of religion and government. Click here for extended interview video and transcript.

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